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"Mac OS X is like living in a farmhouse in the country with no locks, and Windows is living in a house with bars on the windows in the bad part of town."

The battle between Microsoft and Apple in the computing market has raged on for decades. While Microsoft has a commanding lead in the operating system market with Windows, Apple isn't exactly backing down with OS X -- in fact, the Cupertino-based company continues to grab market share and a large portion of the $1,000+ computing market.

When Windows and OS X users get into arguments on the web, Windows users often point to OS X's tiny market share while OS X users point to how vulnerable Windows operating systems have been in the past to exploits. However, according to security guru Charlie Miller, OS X users should subscribe to the idea that "people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones".

Miller claims to have found no less than 20 zero-day exploits within OS X. Miller will present the exploits at CanSecWest next week in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Miller told Heise Security, "Mac OS X is like living in a farmhouse in the country with no locks, and Windows is living in a house with bars on the windows in the bad part of town."

"They sell lots of computers and nobody [shies away from] Apple computers because of a perceived lack of security," Miller added. "So in their minds, they don't have a security problem until it affects their bottom line, which hasn't been the case, yet"

OS X has made the news plenty of times over the past year for security holes. Last June, Apple finally fixed a Java exploit which went unpatched for nearly a year. In late August, Apple shipped Snow Leopard with a version of Flash that was susceptible to outside attacks.

Miller also took Apple to task last year saying that security protections in OS X weren't quite up to par with Windows 7. He noted, "It's harder to write exploits for Windows than the Mac, but all you see are Windows exploits. That's because if [the hacker] can hit 90% of the machines out there, that's all he's gonna do. It's not worth him nearly doubling his work just to get that last 10%."

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RE: $1000+ Computers
By omnicronx on 3/19/2010 1:50:28 PM , Rating: 2
True, if you think in terms of BASIC needs than noone NEEDS luxury goods, all these nice slick expensive cars, good looking apartments/houses with lotsa nice electornics inside and stuff like that.
You are taking things out of context. I'm not talking in terms of the need of a luxury product (in which by definition, cannot possibly be a need). The fact that sub 1000 dollar sales dwarf 1000+ dollar sales seems to indicate what the average user is willing to pay to perform their daily computer tasks.

RE: $1000+ Computers
By retrospooty on 3/19/2010 2:05:57 PM , Rating: 5
"You are taking things out of context"

Welcome to Anandtech/Dailytech. You obviously have not met up with Pirks before LOL ;)

RE: $1000+ Computers
By omnicronx on 3/19/2010 3:11:19 PM , Rating: 2
Who is this Pirks you speak of?

RE: $1000+ Computers
By steven975 on 3/19/2010 5:07:52 PM , Rating: 5
look for the hidden comments in red.

RE: $1000+ Computers
By crystal clear on 3/20/2010 1:25:44 PM , Rating: 2
The guy who lites up D.T. with his comments,raises the blood pressure of the Apple bashers.

He is like electricity to a bulb...he lites up !

Its a love hate relationship...they cannot live a day without pirks.

Its Pirks vs the rest....No fun without him.

Who cares about ratings or marked in RED....people simply enjoy every bit of Pirks.

RE: $1000+ Computers
By Alexstarfire on 3/20/2010 10:58:21 PM , Rating: 4
While I'm usually with you guys on Pirks, his posts for this article haven't been like the posts for almost every other article he comments for. I didn't even realize I was read a post from him until I wanted to see who one of the other posts was responding to. A pleasant surprise.

RE: $1000+ Computers
By Luticus on 3/22/2010 9:00:22 AM , Rating: 2
I'm with you Alex, give the dude a chance!

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